Local News

  • Three men charged in drug trafficking cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men Feb. 8 in two separate drug trafficking cases.

    Logan Matthis McHale, 27, of Northern Trail in Winnabow is charged with trafficking opium or heroin and conspiring to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

    Warrants show McHale had 12 oxycodone tablets Jan. 31.

    McHale was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility Feb. 8 and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Best Restored Beach Award nominations sought

    The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) invites communities around the country to submit their coasts for consideration for a Best Restored Beach Award as a way both to honor local projects and remind beach users their favorite shoreline has been restored to maintain its recreational and protective value.

  • Bureau seeks average 18.9 percent rate hike for dwelling insurance

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a dwelling insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

  • Harrell to speak on judicial reform

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear will welcome Judge Kent Harrell on Monday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Hanover County Main Library at 201 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Harrell, who serves as Superior District Court judge for District 5B serving Pender and New Hanover counties, will discuss “The Courts: Judicial Reform and Redistricting.” He will be speaking on courts, judicial reform and redistricting efforts in North Carolina. The public is invited to attend.

  • Coastal Ambassador training session Feb. 21

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s first Southeast Coastal Ambassador Training of 2018 will focus on planned outreach efforts and Cape Fear River conservation work.

    This training will take place at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center on Feb. 21. An orientation for new members will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

  • Forte participates in committee meeting

    Brunswick County commissioner Mike Forte and other members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) gathered Jan. 31 in Raleigh to participate in a joint meeting of the Public Education and Tax & Finance Steering Committees. Members of the North Carolina School Boards Association and North Carolina Superintendents Association also participated in the meeting to share their insights on the challenges facing public schools, particularly as new class requirements go into effect.

  • Group to discuss library relocation

    The Hickmans Crossroads Friends of the Library (FOL) will have its annual meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the library, 1040 Calabash Road NW in Calabash. Refreshments will be served.

    Library manager Christi Iffergan will talk about moving the library from its current location to the South Brunswick Islands Center. All who visit the library are welcome to attend and join the FOL.

  • Shallotte holds annual retreat

    SHALLOTTE — A discussion of Shallotte’s fund balance led the town’s annual retreat at town hall Jan. 31.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said the plan of the meeting was to focus on “projects we’ve agreed to undertake, look at the budget implications of them and come away with a priority list.”

    Finance officer Mimi Gaither explained how much available cash the town would have if it maintained either a 90 percent or 80 percent fund balance.

  • Leland budget talks begin with review of town needs

    LELAND — Leland town officials and staff began budget discussions Feb. 5 anticipating working with a $14.5 million budget.

    But for their first budget talks in 2018 they focused more on goals officials want to meet than revenues and expenditures.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the staff will develop budget numbers in March and April once they have more information on sales and use taxes and town growth.

  • OIB residents share thoughts on parks and rec planning

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials and consultants from McGill Associates hosted more than 50 residents at town hall Monday night to talk about parks and recreation wants and needs.

    Commissioners hired McGill Associates to create a Town Park Master Plan for the 1.7 acres next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina and a System-Wide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

    At Monday’s meeting, residents shared opinions on specific ideas for site amenities and facility recommendations at the proposed town park site.